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Mayor Pete Buttigieg on a religious left revival

Toluse Olorunnipa on the staffing turmoil within the Department of Homeland Security. Sarah Pulliam Bailey on likely presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s faith. Plus, Emily Yahr and Bethonie Butler on “Old Town Road.”
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Turmoil in the Department of Homeland Security
President Trump has been cleaning house at DHS. After announcing Sunday on Twitter that Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is out, he fired another high-profile DHS employee — the head of the U.S. Secret Service.

Toluse Olorunnipa covers the White House and says that Trump has been frustrated by his DHS-appointees — especially when they tell him that solving problems in the immigration system won’t be simple.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg says his faith will carry him through
If elected, Pete Buttigieg would be the first openly gay president and the first millennial one. But he’s also including a third unlikely factor in his budding but yet-not-declared campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination: his faith. Religion reporter Sarah Pulliam Bailey says Buttigieg is trying to win over religious voters with his inclusive views of Christianity.

Bailey tells Post Reports host Martine Powers the South Bend, Ind., mayor and likely presidential hopeful also says a religious left could have the power to remove President Trump from the White House. This comes as the religious right prepares to vote for him again.

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The virality and importance of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road”
Lil Nas X called his viral hit “Old Town Road” country-trap, but Billboard and many others have an opinion on what that really means. After getting booted from the country charts, the song is now the No. 1 song in the United States.

Emily Yahr and Bethonie Butler, two pop culture reporters for The Post, break down “Old Town Road’s” impact and importance as a work of country-seeming art made by a black teenager.

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